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Swift Ward – Older Adults Acute Service

Gender: Mixed

Age: 50+

Beds: 15

Swift Ward is a 15-bedded service that provides specialist support and expertise for older men and women experiencing an acute episode of mental illness with co-occurring physical health conditions or frailty. We are able to support those with a functional or organic mental health diagnosis, however we cannot accept individuals whose primary diagnosis is advanced dementia.

The aim of the ward is to provide a maximum treatment plan of three months and support an individual to return to their baseline level of functioning. We work with the individual, their care partners and other agencies to support discharge home or to alternative services, for example, residential or supported living. Although most of the individuals we support are over the age of 65, there is no lower age limit for our service.

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We offer an age-appropriate physical and social environment. Our facilities include comfortable individual rooms with en-suite facilities, a lounge and dining area and outside space. We do not have a seclusion room, so cannot accept referrals for individuals displaying levels of aggression that may require seclusion.

Our medical, nursing and multi-disciplinary team comprises of Registered Mental Health Nurses, Registered General Nurses, Psychologists, Social Worker, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists. They have expertise in treating and supporting both physical, mental health and social needs.

We offer strong links with the local general hospital to meet the physical care needs of the individuals we support, as well as input from a local GP that offers them temporary registration. We have good links with the local community, for example, Taunton Football Club, and offer a range of activities both on the ward and in the local area.

Referrals are assessed based on individual presentation rather than age or diagnosis.

Our facilities

  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Homely, calm ward environments
  • Lounges
  • Dining rooms
  • Kitchenettes
  • Outdoor space

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